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When Hawkeye and Pernelli are discussing breakfast, Klinger appears and calls Pernelli "Cookie." "Cookie" is slang term for a Navy cook; Army cooks are usually referred to as "mess cooks" or "mess sergeants."
This is the first of three appearances by Val Bisoglio as SSG Pernelli, the mess sergeant.
Charles revealed that he had a brother but he died which caused his obsession with death.
When Colonel Potter phones Radar, Mrs O'Reilly answers the phone, but Colonel Potter thinks its Radar for a few seconds until she explains. This could be a little in-joke at Gary Burghoff, who besides playing Radar also played Radar's mother in Season 4's "Mail Call, Again."
Ironically, nearly thirty years after playing a soldier with leukemia (blood cancer), Patrick Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He passed away two years after the diagnosis.
Igor tells a friend a rude joke in front of the cardinal, embarrasing Father Mulcahy. However, Father Mulcahy later tells Hawkeye that it was Rizzo who embarrased him, not Igor.
After being punched in the mouth by Major Finch, Charles speaks quite casually about getting a tooth replaced. Next season, in 'The Tooth Shall Set You Free' we will find that Charles has a phobia about dentists.
During the celebration in Potter's office, Peg's dialogue is interspersed with comments by B.J. that were recorded without his knowledge. If you listen carefully, it is clear that the line about Peg pouring him "a damn cup of coffee and I drink it!" is not the same recording we heard being made in the Officers' Club.
B.J. Hunnicutt's anniversary is May 23.
The tune the little boy is playing on the harmonica is Anniversary Waltz by Johann Strauss.
Goof: Hawkeye and BJ are walking in the scene where they discover the huge shipments of tongue depressors. Alan Alda feet are visible for about 2 seconds. He is wearing a bright blue pair of running shoes made in the early 1980s.
This episode continues the running gag of Klinger's "get rich quick" scams. This time he's trying to get rich by learning how to be a T.V. repairman and his practice subject is the Unit's PA system. At first Klinger is confident in his ability to repair it, but spends a majority of the episode trying to undo the damage he has done. After completing the repairs at one point, he sees his hard work dashed by an angry Margaret, who destroys the PA in retaliation for her prickly heat afflicted butt being revealed accidently over the PA by Klinger.
It is implied in this episode that Charles' mother's maiden name was Emerson, as he mentions the Emersons and the Winchesters. This would explain how he got his middle name - except he is Charles Emerson Winchester III! His father was also Charles Emerson Winchester, so unless it is just coincidence he met and married a woman whose surname was the same as his middle name, I think this qualifies as a slip-up.
Klinger wears a dress for the final time in this series. Surprisingly, he was wearing it for an reason other than trying to get out of the army, which was the reason for why he wore dresses in the past.
Charles identifies the wine as 1947 Bordeaux. Later, BJ says he and Hawkeye should drink it because it's already waited 4 years, making this year 1951. A few episodes prior, they celebrated New Years Eve 1951, which would ordinarily mean it is now 1952. However the show is noted for being asynchronous, early episodes frequently switch from President Truman to President Eisenhower and back.
This episode marks the last time Klinger tries to get a discharge.
In the scene in Col. Potter's office when he is discussing army careers with the senior staff, you can see the shadow of the boom mike (upper right hand corner on the office wall) when the camera focuses on just Major Houlihan and Father Mulcahy.
When Hawkeye reads Rizzo's name he reads it Rizzo, L, but in other episodes his name is Rizzo, Z.
Klinger attempts to get out of the Army for the last time.
Finally Igor's incompetence even makes Father Mulcahy to lose his temper. On the Fourth Of July everybody looked for eating corn on the cob that Mulcahy grew but Igor creamed it.
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